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Greatest Ancient Generals

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A list of great men who understand the Art (and maybe Science) of War

Rated 3 points - posted 9 years ago by kris in category People.
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Alexander the Great Report Abuse
He never lost a battle and even his soldiers tired of his limitless ambition. No one man was capable of ruling the kingdom he left behind.
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Phillip of Macedonia Report Abuse
Father of Alex the Great nonetheless.
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Without Alexander, Phillip is nothin. Serious! Who would have heard about him otherwise...
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"nonetheless"? without him, alexander is nothing
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Hannibal Barca Report Abuse
Hannibal almost destroyed the entire Roman army. Then he rested, allowing them to gather their strength because where is the fun when your enemy is down and out? Big mistake.
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he actually destroyed 3 roman armies in battles that are still studied by people in the military today.
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Leonidas I Report Abuse
This is Sparta!
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Leonidas may not have won the battle but he showed valiant bravery and when the greeks were going to become surrounded by the Juggernaut army of persia King Leonidas sent home the what was left of the supporting 7000 Greeks soldiers and the remaining 300 Spartans stood together against overwhelming odds and they did not route. The persians had to finish the sparts off with hails of arrows because of the Spartan tanks
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one battle shouldnt make you 4th, especially since it was lost. this space should be taken by themistocles who beat the persians at salamis heavily outnumbered to end the war
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David of Isreal Report Abuse
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Julius Ceasar Report Abuse
Turned Rome from a simple Republic into a vast Empire. Loved by the people; hated by the senate. He is a model tyrant.
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not just the tribes of gaul he expanded most of the empire
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defeating the avernii general vercingetorix was a great achievement but #3?!!! nonsense! plenty of other ancient generals are greater than him such as alexander the great and possibly gaius marius!
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rome already had most of the empire he only conquered the tribes of gaul. great general but thats a bit misleading
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Africanus Scipio Report Abuse
The man who defeated Hannibal. That was achievement enough.
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Arminius Report Abuse
Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors with his great victory in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in the year 9.
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Pompey the Great Report Abuse
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Flavius Aetius Report Abuse
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Titus Report Abuse
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Theodoric I Report Abuse
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Octavian or Augutus Caeser Report Abuse
Julius Caeser's Nephew
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Nebuchadnezzar II Report Abuse
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Alaric I Report Abuse
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Shaka the Zulu Report Abuse
Ox-formation, bare-feet, spear-sword and that chanting that paralyzes the enemy. Shaka leaves a section of his army looking away from the battle. Why? So they are not sated and can run affected the scattered enemy and hunt down every last one of them.
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shaka is not an ancient warrior but his army was prettty powerful.
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One of the greatest, but not exactly ancient.
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Cyrus the great Report Abuse
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Sun Tzu Report Abuse
He wrote the Art of War. Dare I say more?
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Gaius Marius Report Abuse
Julius Ceaser's Uncle
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Flavius Odoacer Report Abuse
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Mark Anthony Report Abuse
one of Julius Caesers best friends
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Miltiades the Younger Report Abuse
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Mehmed the Conqueror Report Abuse
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Vercingetorix Report Abuse
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Fabius Maximus Report Abuse
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Tiglath Pileser III Report Abuse
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Boudicca Report Abuse
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Sargon of Akkad Report Abuse
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Thutmose III Report Abuse
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Darius I Report Abuse
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Xerxes I Report Abuse
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Khalid Ibn Walid Report Abuse
1. He never lost a battle. He fought a 100 battles. 2. He was labeled Sword of God by Prophet Muhammad 3. He fought battles with the greatest two empires of the time and completely wiped out the Persians and pushed the Byzantines behind their walls in their capital in Constantoniple. 4. No less than 95% of his battles were his army underequipped or outnumbered. 5. He personally fought on the battlefield unlike a lot of generals. 6. To add icing to the cake before every battle he would challenge the opposing army's officers to a duel in order to defeat their morale.
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Shapur I Chandragupta Report Abuse
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Cao Cao Report Abuse
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Han Xin Report Abuse
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